Trung Nam coconut croissant: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 15

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Expand your plain/chocolate/almond horizons: the coconut croissant.
Plain croissants are an indulgence that's fairly straightforward in nature: layers of whisper-thin pastry with a buttery buffering between.

Almond filling adds an element of sophistication; chocolate a certain hedonism. But coconut? Croissants stuffed with those sweet, tropical shavings are harder to find at most bakeries. Fortunately, Trung Nam is an exception.

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Trung Nam has been brightening up a drab stretch of University Avenue with its baked treats, sandwiches, and soups for years, with its management somehow never having gotten around to removing the old Popeye's drive-in window sign from the side of the building.

Much like the banh mi, which Trung Nam also makes, the coconut croissant is a French bread with Vietnamese influence. These glisten with the faintest sugary glaze, which is strategically placed on the crust to make a first impression with the tongue. The coconut filling, too, has a just-sweet-enough quality, and adds chewy contrast to the croissant's flaky layers. Save your sugar--and caffeine--rush for the turbo-charged Vietnamese coffee.

Trung Nam French Bakery
739 University Ave W., St. Paul
651.229.0887

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 17:  Zumbro Cafe's Chicken Wile Rice Hash
No. 18:  Skinner's Reuben Pizza
No 19:  Los Ocampo's Sope with Chicharrone Prensado
No. 20: Good Day Cafe's Glazed Doughnut Pancakes
No. 21: El Taco Riendo's tacos
No. 22: Broders' fresh pasta
No. 23: Burger Jones' salted caramel shake
No. 24: Rinata's eggplant involtini
No. 25: Smack Shack's lobster roll
No. 26: Moto-i's steamed hoisin pork buns
No. 27: The Happy Gnome's MN game burger
No. 28: Patisserie Margo's zuppa englese torte
No. 29: Heartland's Kansas City strip steak
No. 30: Tum Rup Thai's Mee Kah Teeh
No. 31: Dolsot Bibimbap at Dong Yang Oriental Food
No. 32: Piccolo's Scrambled Eggs with Pig's feet
No. 33: Meritage's pommes frites
No. 34: Travail's Fried Chicken
No. 35: Hmong Village's stuffed chicken wings
No. 36: Cafe Maude's Now You Know
No. 37: Urban Eatery's Asian pork sliders
No. 38: Isles Bun & Coffee's puppy dog tails
No. 39: Surdyk's Flight's chicken báhn mì
No. 40: Sunny Side Up Cafe's Santa Fe Railroad French Toast
No. 41: Szechuan Spice's chicken with double chili pepper
No. 42: Dancing Ganesha's Chicken 65
No. 43: Bradstreet's Black Walnut Old Fashioned
No. 44: Wakame Bistro's Crazy Lobster Roll
No. 45: Brit's Pub Scotch Eggs
No. 46: Peninsula's chili tofu
No. 47: Annona Gourmet's balsamic vinegars
No. 48: Cocina del Barrio's jalapeño poppers
No. 49: Papa's Philly Cheesesteak
No. 50: Swede Hollow Cafe's caramel roll
No. 51: Thomasina's cashew brittle
No. 52: Patisserie 46's Rory Cake
No. 53: Il Gatto's Ravanelli
No. 54: Mandarin Kitchen's seafood and tofu hotpot
No. 55: The Inn's Polish Delight cocktail
No. 56: Gopher Bar's Coney Island dog
No. 57: Holy Land's hummus tahini
No. 58: The Sample Room's wild mushroom ragout on polenta
No. 59: On's Thai Kitchen Nam Thok
No. 60: Flamingo Restaurant's vegetarian combo
No. 61: Sea Change's Brioche Pain Perdu
No. 62: Haute Dish's "Steak & Eggs"
No. 63: Tremblay's Sweet Shop salt water taffy
No. 64: Bars Bakery's Turtle Bar
No. 65: Pizzeria Lola's Lady ZaZa Pizza
No. 66: In Season's fried oysters
No. 67: Cave Vin's steak frites
No. 68: Everest on Grand's cabbage and potatoes
No. 70: Surly Coffee Bender
No. 71: Quang's bun tom xao
No. 72: YoYo Donuts' maple bacon doughnut
No. 73: Cupcake's mini cupcakes
No. 74: Willy D's ribs
No. 75: Salsa a la Salsa's Fried Chocolate Truffles
No. 76: Anodyne's Artichoke Melt
No. 77: Origami's steamed duck
No. 78: B.T. McElrath's Salty Dog bar
No. 79: Mozza Mia's house-made limoncello
No. 80: Salty Tart Bakery's pastry cream-filled brioche
No. 81: Little Szechuan's bamboo tips with chili sauce
No. 82: Oceanaire's Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
No. 83: Aperitif's Nonni's Meatballs
No. 84: Christos's Saganaki
No. 85: Seven Stars' Sesame Bagel
No. 86: Hell's Kitchen Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
No. 87: Blackbird banh mi
No. 88: Tank Goodness chocolate chip cookies
No. 89: Sole Cafe's gal bee
No. 90: Porter & Frye's El Pelon
No. 91: Coffee News' fish and chips
No. 92: Bread & Chocolate's Fabulous Fudge Bar
No. 93: People's Organic Panna Cotta
No. 94: Sea Salt Eatery Crawdad Po' Boy
No. 95: Fuji Ya's Tofu Don
No. 96: Ike's Food and Cocktails The Weekender Bloody Mary
No. 97: Punch's Toto pizza
No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie
No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato
No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes

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